Recovery time for a Tummy Tuck procedure

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A tummy tuck is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure. It ranks within the top five in terms of popularity and is appropriate for individuals who wish to have excess skin and fat removed from their abdominal area. Most patients are those who have experienced excess fat in their middle from the natural effects of aging, pregnancy or losing a lot of weight. Dr. Gawley and Dr. Mahabir offer the tummy tuck to their patients in and around Scottsdale, Arizona.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Generally speaking, the purpose of a tummy tuck is to make the stomach flatter and more attractive. It is an optimal choice of cosmetic surgery for individuals who have struggled with excess fat and skin, and who have difficulty toning their midsection despite following a strict diet and exercising regularly.

What Happens with a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

It’s important to understand what a tummy tuck procedure entails. First and foremost, anyone who is considering undergoing this type of surgery should have a strong support system at home to help them with their recovery. You need someone at home who can help you after your procedure because a tummy tuck is major abdominal surgery. With any major surgery, especially of this type, you need time spent on your recovery. Your surgeon at Gawley Plastic Surgery will create an incision along the bikini line. Through this incision, excess skin and fat will be removed. They will tighten any slack muscles and reposition the belly button for a natural look. The surgery may differ depending on your specific needs.

Your Recovery Time from a Tummy Tuck

When you return home after your tummy tuck surgery, you will require assistance. You will not be able to perform any strenuous activities or even lift objects. You should also avoid any kind of activity that might be a strain on your incision. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help you manage any pain and discomfort during the first few weeks after the procedure.

In some cases, a patient may also have liposuction done at the same time as their tummy tuck. This happens when the individual has extra fat that needs to be removed as a tummy tuck merely focuses on the abdomen and hips. The two procedures performed together are best for patients who desire a more contoured figure and who have struggled with losing excess fat around the middle.

In most cases, after you have undergone a tummy tuck surgery, you can begin to resume your regular daily activities within four weeks. You will notice an immediate change, but as the tissues heal your results will be more apparent over the next few months.

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If you would like to get a tummy tuck and are in or near the Scottsdale, Arizona area, contact Gawley Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation. Our team of experienced surgeons will help you to look and feel more confident.

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Dr. Mahabir’s reputation as a cosmetic facial and plastic surgeon in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area has been built on his ability to achieve natural results and a more refreshed look for his patients without being “overdone”. He takes a particular interest in breast surgery and helping breast cancer patients post-mastectomy.